I always thought of pipes as practical devices. Differences in material quality, engineering, comfort in hand, and performance were the criteria involved in making a pipe purchase decision. Not really much different than the process involved when buying any tool. After seeing many posts commenting on PSF about pipes by makers that I wasn't even aware existed, I'm rethinking my attitude towards pipes as exclusively practical devices. Without getting too far in to the "What is Art?" or "One Man's Art is another's...." part of this I'm trying to determine at what point a pipe is no longer a practical device but purely a piece of art whose function ceases having any practical use other than something that is beautiful or interesting to look at and appreciated simply due to it's form. Just a few examples of pipes that I keep going back and looking at. Yes, I'd probably smoke them at least a couple of times. There's something about these that gives me a certain amount of pleasure just from looking at them, which is exactly the same thing that happens with pieces of art on canvas or pieces of sculpture that I have. http://www.parkspipes.com/Pipe_Specifics_Page/GWhirlThree_Properties.htm http://www.parkspipes.com/images/Website_ready_images_2003/ChurchWard_Box_1.jpg http://www.natekingpipes.com/2012/07/37-12-gear-punk-1-1/ http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/maigurs-knets/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=112248 Your thoughts?